In mid-July communities in the Cauca region (south-west Colombia) made it into the national and international headlines. The country was caught by surprise when they saw hundreds of unarmed indigenous people expelling both the army and the guerrillas from their territories.
In a downloadable version of his blog, which first appeared on Open Democracy, Kristian Herbolzheimer puts these events in the context of an ongoing struggle for autonomy and peace.
Standing up to the government, FARC and international mining companies, the indigenous people of Cauca want to be recognised as a ‘third actor’ in any peace negotiations. What prospects are there for a citizen's path to peace?